May 20th, 2013 donnahoke


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“The average length of the typical Theatre of Yugen script is around 20 pages. We usually work with plays that focus on one central figure and a secondary figure—so perhaps two or three characters at most—and our plays are distinctly and uniquely visual and musical. Definitely not very dialogue heavy.


When Chiori Miyagawa sent her play, This Lingering Life, to me, it was over 90 pages long, had 27 characters, and was very much dialogue based.  But we liked the script and, within two months, I wrote her saying I would like to meet and discuss the possibility of producing it. She was floored as she didn’t think anyone would ever say yes to such a big play and she was also surprised to hear from me within months of her submission, rather than a few years.


An anomaly perhaps, but these things do happen. We’ll produce the play June 2014.”


My nutshell takeaway: Not much to say about this one–it’s the dream right? Any number of things might have influenced Moore’s decision—timing, a desire to try something different, the subject of the play, certainly the craft of the play—but for playwrights, I think the most important thing to note is that the playwright wrote the play she needed to write and sent it to a theater it might connect with. Those are the two things over which we always have control.


Until next time,


Written by donnahoke


Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 46 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist), THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its fourth year in rep in Romania), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays); she’s also authored more than three dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions, and has been nominated for both the Francesca Primus and Susan Blackburn prizes. She’s also a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Best New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS).

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

In addition, Donna is a blogger, advocate, and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been read at #2amt, howlround, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the newly released Workshopping the New Play, and

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